Now-a-days they give up gentleness and are all for being bold;John Lash sums up this line well.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Nowadays men shun mercy, but try to be brave;
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
But these days,
I see everyone trying to act courageous
without any trace of compassion.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
Bravery without compassion is mere ferocity. Such bravery is the trait of a wild beast and is the negation of human nature.To view the Index page for this series to see what you may have missed or would like to read again, go here.